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Poster: He Live's Date: Jan 4, 2008 7:26pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: acquired taste

weird tune that harkens back to the charlatans and that element of the dead/SF scene that was into the "victorian" thrift-store clothes, romanticizing the gold rush era, and the sort of Gun SLINGER attitude, looking to a sort of simpler communal existence in the face of tough cultural trip: the developing industrial-military economy and imperialist American government not to mention civil rights struggle and assassinations!

.... really, as much as it is evocative of those "pre-dead" SF years of the charlatans and others, DUPREE'S is really PSYCHEDELIC MUSIC.... as much as you might associate Psych with long Acid Drenched guitar playing and fantastical lyrics.... it is really stuff like Duprees and the other early dead material that constitutes the "psychedelic" aspect of the group.

ANYWAY, it aint my FAVE either. But i'll tell you a song i ALWAYS SKIP and and never DL, "stagger lee"..... that is just not my flavor.

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Poster: jglynn1.2 Date: Jan 5, 2008 6:53am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: acquired taste

I think the wax must be building in my ears . . . I thought I just heard you say you don't like Stagger Lee. Is this true or are you simply attempting to provoke? I for one give a heart Thumbs Up to Stagger Lee. In fact I'm looking up a version right now so I can give it a Fresh listen.


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Poster: billydlions Date: Jan 5, 2008 7:33am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: acquired taste

He must be kidding us, right? How could anyone not like Stagger Lee? Here are two versions that stand out:



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Poster: blacklakelight Date: Jan 5, 2008 7:33am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: acquired taste

He Live's: I also used to regard the Anthem/Aox era as the really psychedelic Dead. Now I hear them as psychedelic down to the very fiber of their playing--polyrhythmic, fluid, exploratory, synergistic, prescient,protean, primal/beautiful/dark/sophisticated, all them things."They play in spirals," as someone said. Or think, "little raft on the vast, tossing ocean." That's why the music--to me-- so compliments a trip. The next band that comes closest is the Airplane, a huge revelation for me at the time as for years I didn't really get the Airplane, couldn't dig the harmonizing and so forth.

As for not liking songs, we all have our dis-favorites. I'm cautious, since my little rant on "LL Rain" a few weeks back, to declare unequivocally my dislike for any song (4-8-72 blew me away). For instance, I'm not a fan of "Mexicali Blues," ever since I flashed on it being sung by mechanical bears at a theme park. Well, but just last night I put in 6-18-74, and whaddayouknow, there I am digging a really snappy Mexicali.

Whether you like the Dead's Stagger or not, I'm sure you're familiar with it's history as a folk/blues motif, but if not: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stagger_Lee

Happy Saturday.

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